divorce issues

Can I Change my Name When I Get Divorced?

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Don't want to keep your husband's last name when you get divorced? You're in luck because Utah allows you to change your name in the divorce papers as part of your divorce. The Process The process for changing your name in divorce is very simple. Tell your attorney what name you would like, and he or [...]

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Women can Take Many Steps to Financially Prepare for Divorce

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: Divorce Mediation|Tags: , |

It's only natural to have a variety of questions as a woman going through the divorce process. While some are easier to answer than others, every one deserves your full attention. Women, in particular, often worry about what the future will bring after the divorce is finalized. There are many reasons for this, including the fact [...]

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4 Ways to Screw Up Your Inheritance in Divorce

By |December 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Usually, I write these blog posts to explain how you can keep assets separate in divorce. Today, I thought I would do the opposite and tell you how to screw up your inheritance and turn your separate inherited property into marital property you have to split in divorce. Before we get to the how-to, let's talk [...]

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How Does Church Attendance for the Kids Work?

By |September 5th, 2016|Categories: Child Custody|Tags: , , , , |

Religion is a big component of people's lives. It affects decisions like where to live, who to marry, whether you get divorced, etc. When people divorce, they have to extricate every facet of their lives together, including religion. In doing this, there can be some tricky things to navigate, like where do the kids go to [...]

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How Does the Labor Day Holiday Work?

By |September 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

It's Labor Day. Kids have gone back to school and summer is winding down. It's time for hikes and barbeques to send summer off with a smile. So, how does Labor Day parent-time work? Well, Labor Day is included in the Utah parent-time schedule. Specifically, it goes like this: In years ending in an odd number, [...]

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Can Alimony Affect my Ability to Buy a Home?

By |August 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

People fight about two things in divorce: kids and money. Dividing assets and debts is usually a pretty straightforward process. (You can read about the basics here and here.) So, you usually don't fight about that a ton. Child support is also pretty straightforward and unobjectionable. I mean, honestly, who fights against paying to help their [...]

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Informal Custody Trials: What Are They and how Do They Work?

By |August 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Let's be honest: no one likes divorce trials. Parents don't like trials. Kids don't like trials. Experts don't like trials. Attorneys don't like trials. Heck, even judges don't like trials. No one likes trials. And the divorce trial process can be long. For example, I am currently working on one divorce case that just went to [...]

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When Can Kids Say where They Want to Live?

By |August 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Child custody is the hardest part about almost any divorce. Parents, both sincerely believing they are doing what's best for their kids, sometimes fight about where kids live and how much time they spend with the other parent. And when parents fight, they sometimes try to win by involving their kids. They ask their kids where [...]

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How Bad Does It Have to Get Before I Can Go back to Court and Ask for Custody of My Kids?

By |August 14th, 2016|Categories: Child Custody|Tags: , , , , |

When you get divorced, you agree on how child custody and parent-time. In other words, you agree where the kids live and how much time they spend with each parent. And I say agree because about 98% of divorce cases are negotiated and agreed-on before trial. Usually, things go pretty smoothly after divorce in the sense [...]

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